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2018/04/29 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Free Member Care Brochures for Cross-Cultural Workers
2) Want to Expose Your Church to a Free “Count for Zero” Curriculum?
3) Read the New 2018 Version of Ying Kai’s Story: Training for Trainers
4) Last Chance to Get Involved in National Day of Prayer
5) Free Financial Help Exclusively for US Expats
6) What Have You Heard about the 2019 “Cross” Conference?
7) Thrive Retreat in Beaver Creek, Colorado for Cross-Cultural Women
8) TESOL Training in Asia
9) Change the Way you Pray
10) Are You a Homeschool Family? Do a Homeschool Audit
11) If Metaphors Can Change our Minds, Shouldn’t we Think On This?
12) Is ThredUp the New Missionary Barrel for Clothing Today?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: We Don’t Get the Religion, “Intersectionality”
15) Closing Stuff

1) Free Member Care Brochures for Cross-Cultural Workers

This website has more than 100 brochures on a variety of topics helpful in cross-cultural life and service. Topics available now are culture stress, pornography, depression, same-sex marriage, and more than 100 others. Cross-cultural workers may just read the brochures on-line, or they can download them as PDF documents. If they do this, they can print the PDFs as trifold brochures to hand out to other cross-cultural workers, or they can forward them as attachments to emails. This website never mentions missionaries or evangelism. However, it does mention Christianity and quotes from the Bible. For a list of links to all topics available go to…..

2) Want to Expose Your Church to a Free “Count for Zero” Curriculum?

You can download it and size it up here:

You get individual participant guides, leader material, and videos. And the whole thing is free! Introduce them to the idea of unengaged groups. The material is top-notch and it’s really not promoting any one organization over another. If you decide you want to order “real” books, you can easily pick those up the leader’s guide for $25 at…

and the study/participant’s guide at for $9…

We ordered a copy of this guide just to see what it was like. The cover is full color and attractive. The inside is black and white, about 100 pages, and is well done. Some of the print (e.g., in the lists) is fairly small and hard to read, in our opinion, but over all, this book would make a great study for any level person in any literate level of society.

3) Read the New 2018 Version of Ying Kai’s Story: Training for Trainers

We all know their story as “T4T — but in this new 2018 book by Ying and Grace Kai, you can hear it directly from the horse’s mouth. Steve Smith wrote a resounding endorsement, so this is not some kind of distancing from the original T4T book co-authored with Steve. Rather, this is more of a personal story — the story behind the story — of T4T. Think more of a “Testimony” version (that’s the title of the first chapter anyway, as a matter of fact). Think “Hidden Wisdom” (chapter 9) and more stories. Lots of them. Definitely worth the read. You can order it from …

5) Free Financial Help Exclusively for US Expats

Overwhelmed by overseas taxation, non-resident investing, paying for college, and knowing which retirement accounts are legal for US expats? Keeping your finances in order might keep you on the field! Check out Mark’s Vagabond Finances site…

Mark is a missionary by day and personal finance blogger by night. Have a question, comment, or desire to write an article? Contact Mark at
markdotmasonatvagabondfinancesdotcom or at

7) Thrive Retreat in Beaver Creek, Colorado for Cross-Cultural Women

Women's Retreat

Women’s Retreat

Thrive is hosting a special get-away in idyllic Beaver Creek, Colorado for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged July 10-13, 2018. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $780. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of $125 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

The retreat will include many opportunities for self-care (including complimentary haircuts, counseling, pedicures and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups. Make yourself a priority for a few days of your furlough.

8) TESOL Training in Asia

Now you can get TESOL training designed for those in ministry set at a ministry budget. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week course leading to a TESOL certificate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Get classes, community experience, and lots of guidance – and a certificate – all at the same time. And some say it’s cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in North America! For info or forms, email
or see

10) Are You a Homeschool Family? Do a Home School Audit

We know, we know. Just hearing the word, “audit,” makes us shake in our boots because we think someone is there to catch us in our faults. But what if it’s a self-audit to make something even better than what it already is? That’s the idea behind the audit being described at…

If you’re a homeschooling family, sounds like you’re the kind of family who could benefit. : )

11) If Metaphors Can Change our Minds, Shouldn’t we Think On This?

What if there is such power in a metaphor that it can literally shape how we believe? That’s the theory behind articles like this one…

If metaphors CAN shape thoughts, shouldn’t we be investing a lot more time trying to discover metaphors that would shape our opinions toward the Bible, Christ, and the church in a much more positive way? Otherwise, we’ll be stereotyped by the enemies who shape thoughts AGAINST the models and ideals we’ve come to love, hope for, and dream about. What are your thoughts on metaphors? How might they help us? Have you seen any such power demonstrated recently? Click Comment following the web or app version if you have an answer. Thanks.

12) Is ThredUp the New Missionary Barrel for Clothing Today?

Remember the old stories about the donated barrel of clothing arriving on the mission field? As a result, missionaries were stuck wearing tattered, generation-dated clothing. They always looked out of style and “fringe” focused. Enter the year 2018. What is TODAY’s version of the missionary barrel? Could it be thred up?

The thing is, thred up restocks with (literally) 15,000 pieces of clothing per day. It’s billed as the world’s largest online reseller of clothing and hardware. Its organizers say they work tirelessly making sure the clothing is “almost new.” They offer only “high-quality clothing from fashionable closets just like yours.” Have you tried Thred up? If so, what was YOUR impression? Is it “Macy’s for Missionaries?” : ) Just click “Comment” to give your opinion. And your opinion matters. : )

13) We’re Grateful for…

Thanks to an anonymous Brigada participant who loves missionaries enough to provide them with member care. He sent a $30 gift this past week. Learn more about this topic in the member care brochures at…

Want to join them in boosting Brigada out to thousands of screens in nations all over the world? If so, just click “Donate” at, or mail a check payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: We Don’t Get the Religion, “Intersectionality”

Is it a new religion? … or would it simply be a kind of new philosophy? Will someone please explain this to us? One of the best articles on the topic might be…

On the surface, it looks like something like communism — having a bad day. But I suppose there are going to be people who start churches based on this??? Will someone please explain this to us? (Just click “Comment” following the web or app version of this item. And — thank you.)

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